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Kansas State University 
hosted the Kansas Hispanic 
Youth Leadership Symposium 
"Meeting the Challenge" October 
22, 1986. The all-day event 
attracted 400 high school and 
junior college students from 
throughout the state. 

Keynote speaker for the 
event was Samual Betances from 
Northern Illinois University. 
Betances 1 message to the young 
Hispanics was to "reject rejec- 
tion" from a society that says 
you are a "problem." Don't buy 
into a strategy meant to disem- 
power you, he said. 

Betances showed the group a 
film that referred to the His- 
panic high school drop out rate 
as a "problem," while calling a 
greater drop out rate among 
Whites simply a "rate." He said 
the society calls the Hispanic 
rate a problem because there are 
fewer jobs available for His- 
pan i cs . 

He urged the students to 
maintain their self-esteem and 
not to a I low society to say they 
are "the problem," when their 
status actually reflects a soci- 
etal problem. 

In addition to Betances' 
keynote address, workshops were 

Samuel Betances 

presented by a variety of pro- 
fessionals from around the state 
on such topics as public admin- 
istration, law, social services, 
education, civil service, archi- 
tecture, military careers, and 
office management. 

The purpose of the sympo- 
sium was to encourage participa- 
tion in post-secondary education 
and to provide an opportunity 
for students to visit with role 
models from different career 

Big Eight 

"The challenge to minority 
affairs personnel working in 
higher education is to be a part 
of the planning forces that are 
preparing for the 1990's," said 
Veryl Switzer, KSU assistant 
vice president for educational 
and student services, at the 
first annual Big 8 Conference of 
minority programming personnel 
in August. 

"The Big Eight Connection: 
Networking for Effective Minori- 
ty Affairs Programming," met at 
the University of Kansas to 
discuss issues considered most 
pressing to minority administra- 
tors around the region, among 
them: faculty and staff re- 
cruitment (is affirmative action 
working?), academic support sei 
vices (are they retaining more 

students or just delaying the 
inevitable?), funding sources, 
cultural enrichment programming 

(To p. 2) 




"In September of 1877, 350 
weary black emigrants, recruited 
from Lexington, Kentucky, ai — 
rived at a preselected destina- 
tion in northwestern Kansas. 
In stark contrast to the wooded 
mountains of their native Ken- 
tucky, they found a forbidding 
and treeless stretch of Great 
Plains along the Solomon River. 
Disheartened, some 60 families 
immediately returned eastward in 
search of more familiar sui — 
round ings and better economic 
prospects. Yet, most remained, 
and despite hardship, helped 
establish Nicodemus, Kansas, one 
of the oldest and most famous 
black towns in the Middle West." 
In 1976, Nicodemus was desig- 
nated by the U.S. Department of 
Interior as a national historic 
I andmark. 

Thus begins a new book, 
Promised Land On The Solomon: 
Black Settlement at Nicodemus, 

Kansas, released this past sum- 
mer by the National Park Ser- 
vice, U.S. Department of the 
I nter ior. 

The 133-page saga of Nico- 
demus has been anticipated by 
the Office of Minority Affairs 
staff for almost two years. 
During this time, writers and 
researchers, Everett and La 
Barbara W. Fly visited K-State 
many times to consult with Veryl 
Switzer, assistant vice presi- 
dent for educational and student 
services, whose family farm is 
in the Nicodemus community. 

Promised Land 0n_ The 
Solomon was co-sponsored by the 
U.S. National Park Services, the 
Kansas State Historical Society, 

Kansas State University's Col- 
lege of Architecture and Design, 
and Entourage, Inc., which is 
directed by Everett and La 
Barbara Fly of San Antonio, 

"The founding of Nicodemus 
by black freed men and women 
symbolized the pioneering spirit 
of a black people searching for 
freedom in the "Promised Land," 
Switzer said. The historical 
preservation project was the 
first of its kind conducted in a 
joint effort. I considered the 
work essential if we were to 
preserve the rich history of 
Nicodemus for all of us, our 
children and our children's 
children to share," Switzer 
said. The project was an ovei 
whelming success in depicting 
the realism of a past dream." 

Big 8 

Gerardo Cosme, senior in electrical engineering, Juan Rosa, Harold 
Martinez, senior in pre-dentistry, Jamie Lopez, sophomore in pre-vet, 
and Pedro Cintron, junior in biology and PRSO president visit in the 
KSU Union between classes. There are between 180 and 200 KSU students 
from Puerto Rico this fall. 

From Farrell 

Ethnic Exhibits Available 

An exhibit featuring the 
sacred circles of the Plains 
Indian People has been featured 
this summer and fall in the 
Minorities Resource/Research 
Center on the fourth floor of 
Farrell Library. Colorful 
paintings of the 12 sacred 
shields of the Cheyenne, the 
Crow and the Sioux which illus- 
trated Hyemeyohsts Storm's book, 
Seven Arrows, were highlighted. 

"There were originally 
Twelve Sacred Shields," Storm 
said in Seven Arrows. "At the 
time of the annual Renewal these 
Twelve Sacred Shields were 
brought together, and placed 
inside the Twelve Forked Poles 
which formed the outer circle of 
the Sun Dance Lodge, the 
People's Lodge... At any one time 
there cou Id on I y be 

Twe I ve. . .Keepers of the Shields 

of Light. They were the Heal- 
ers, Diviners, and Teachers. It 
was they who carried the Sacred 
Shields from camp to camp, and 
Tribe to Tribe." 

"I once asked my 
Father .. .about the Shields," 
Storm said. He answered, 'Over 
the Earth there are Twelve Great 
Tribes. Two of these Peoples 
are the Indian Peoples of the 
Earth. The Other Ten are the 

Other People of the Earth. 
These Twelve Peoples are the 
Sacred Shields." 

This exhibit — along with 
many other exhibits and programs 
concerning ethnic minority peo- 
ples — are available for viewing 
and for use by persons or groups 
through the loan program of 
Minorities Resource/Research 
Center . 

Multicultural Festival Begins 

The Minorities Center in 
Farrell Library announced the 
creation of a "Multicultural 
Festival" program this fall. It 
is designed to acquaint the KSU 
and Manhattan communities with 
the diversity and range of the 
Center's offerings. 

The series began in Septem- 
ber with the showing of "El 
Norte," an acclaimed film about 
the struggles of a brother and 
sister from Guatemala seeking a 
better life in Los Angeles. The 
film commemorated National His- 
panic Week. And in October, the 

American Indian film "Forty- 
Seven Cents" was shown. 

Vincent Bly, storyteller, 
is scheduled for November; and 
the film "Martin Luther King, 
Jr.: From Montgomery to Memphis 
is scheduled for January. There 
will be more — so watch for 

Dates and times of all 
events will be advertised on 
campus. For more information, 
contact Antonia Pigno, Minori- 
ties Resource/Research Center, 
Farrel I L ibrary. 

(From p. 1 ) 

and the lead-off session, "Mi- 
nority Affairs Programs: Are 
They Viable Entities in the 
1990's and Beyond?" presented by 
Switzer and George Jackson from 
Iowa State. 

Switzer told the gathering 
from Nebraska, Colorado, Missou- 
ri, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Kansas 
that because of federal budget 
cuts and altered priorities in 
higher education, attention and 
support for minority programming 
is decreasing. "While many 
states have implemented higher 
education initiatives and are 
picking up the slack in federal 
support, I ask you, my friends, 
what have we done lately in the 
Big 8 schools?" Switzer asked. 

Many states, Illinois, Con- 
necticut, Michigan, New Jersey, 
California and in the Big 8, 
Colorado, among them, have rec- 
ognized the necessity of re- 
cruiting and retaining more mi- 
nority students in the future 
instead of fewer, Switzer said. 
He quoted population statistics 
from within the U.S. society in 
general and the educational sys- 
tem specifically showing that we 
can anticipate significantly 
increased numbers of minorities, 
women and older people seeking 
higher education in the next 
decade. At the same time, he 
said, projected trends show de- 
creasing numbers of so-called 
traditional students. 

Switzer said this fact 
alone should make it imperative 
for the survival of colleges and 
universities that they refocus 
existing programs and begin to 
focus new ones to better meet 
the needs of these "non-tradi- 
tional" students. 

"The first step minority 
affairs programs must take to- 
wards the goal of becoming via- 
ble entities within the univei — 
sity is simply becoming visi- 
ble," Switzer said. "We need to 
be visible advocates for minori- 
ty program development and be 
able to demonstrate needs with a 
strong data base." 

"I believe the time is here 
when we a I I must stand up and 
become active in new initiatives 
in higher education," Switzer 
told the group. He urged the 
group not to wait for someone 
else to "become our champion." 

"We must become champions 
of our own needs," he said. "And 
champions doing nothing are 
their own worst enemies." 


Alliance is being published 
on an abbreviated schedule 
during the 1986/87 academic 
year. (He are "belt-tightening" 
again.) There will be a fall, 
winter, spring and summer issue. 

If you have articles for 
publication or events to 
announce, please drop them by 
the Alliance office, 206E Ho I ton 
Ha I I or ca I I 532-6436 as soon as 
possible. The winter issue 
deadline is November 18, 1986. 

Academic Help 

This fall fifteen students 
are employed by the Educational 
Supportive Services program to 
assist other students in such 
courses as intermediate algebra, 
calculus, chemistry, biology, 
physics, economics, accounting, 
statistics, psychology, english 
and history, according to Kathy 
Greene, academic services coor- 
dintor and ESS assistant program 

"Besides providing specific 
course help, ESS tutors also are 
trained to focus on getting 
students more actively involved 
in their own learning," Greene 

Encouraging students to be 
more active in the learning 
process is accomplished by pro- 
viding studdents with learning 
techniques that enable them to 
find answers and ask questions 
more efficiently, Greene said. 
This approach removes the expec- 
tation that tutors will simply 
answer all of the specific ques- 
tions and replace it with a way 
to answer questions when a tutor 
is not around, she said. 

5 staff members, 
I I'i irja.-ii Vikravar 
Itzer (sea-fed). 

The "Learning to Learn" 
system, as it is called, allows 
tutors to work with more stu- 
dents and it helps students 
become independent learners, 
Greene said. Researchers from 
the University of Michigan, 
Boston College, and other insti- 
tutions, have found the Learning 
to Learn system to be highly 
successful, Greene said. This 
year, for the first time, it is 
being used at K-State in the 
Study Skills classes taught by 
ESS staff members. 

Staff members to contact 
for tutoring and other ESS ser- 
vices are Kathy Greene, Ben 
Silliman, Dr. Shahla Nikravan, 

Lori Switzer, and Laurie 
McCauley, or Anne Butler, ESS 
program director. 

K-State's federally-funded 
ESS proram provides tutorial 
services and other kinds of 
support for about 350 KSU stu- 
dents each year. To qualify for 
the program, students must meet 
federal eligibility require- 
ments, but Greene said any stu- 
dents having difficulty with 
class work may contact the ESS 
office (Ho I ton Hall 205, 532- 

"We can either help, or 
refer students to someone else," 
she said. 




Come and magnify the LORD with us 
and let us exalt HIS name together 

If you have any further questions 
about the choir, write the following 
address ; 

ATTN: United Black Voices 

Office Of Minority Afralrs 

and Special Programs 

201 Holton Hall 

Kansas State University 

Manhattan, KS 66506 

Forty members of the KSU 
United Black Voices (UBV) choir 
used their songs to celebrate 
the Lord at the Second Annual 
Gospel Extravaganza at KSU on 
Sunday, October 19. The K-State 

student choir was joined by the 
Kansas University Inspirational 
Voices Gospel Choir from 
Lawrence, the Iowa State Univei — 
sity Choir from Ames, and a 
member of the Voices of Truth 
Choir from Fort Riley. 

"Often black slaves would 
sing of going to heaven and 
leaving their world of bondage 
and suffering," said Joe Walker, 
senior in electrical engineering 
and master of ceremonies for the 
programs. "Since that time, 
gospel has inspired blues, jazz, 
country, soul, and even rock. 
Gospel music touches the heart, 
sou Id, and mind of men," Walker 

UBV is an independent stu- 
dent organization not funded by 
the University or student fees. 
One purpose behind Sunday's pro- 
gram was to raise money through 
donations for its continued ex- 
istence. The choir needs money 
for uniforms and, also, to pay 
transportation expenses to pel — 
f ormances . 

The UBV choir was organized 
at K-State in 1968 when members 
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 
Inc. decided it was time to 
expose the University and sui — 
rounding community to the rich- 
ness of black music. During the 
past 18 years, K-State's United 
Black Voices gospel choir has 
traveled nationwide, appeared on 
television and cut a record. 

Students wanting to join 
the choir or anyone wanting to 
donate to its future may contact 
Joe Walker through the Office of 
Minority Affairs and Special 
Programs, Holton Hall, KSU (532- 
6436). (Abridged from a story 
by Amy Greene) 


Most new students arrive in 
Manhattan with prior knowledge 
about the kinds of courses 
available for them at Kansas 
State, but many people don't 
know we have another kind of 
school in the area. University 
for Man, located at 1221 
Thurston, just east of the cam- 
pus, offers over 1,000 courses a 
year in subjects ranging from 
bird-watching to beer-making and 
from fighting fair to how to fix 
your bike. 

There are no grades, no ago 
limits, minimal costs and much 

to gain from this alternative 
educational organization. Any- 
one wanting to learn (or even 
teach a course) is welcome. 

The Manhattan-KSU Universi- 
ty for Man (UFM) has been cited 
as a model "Free Univeristy" by 
Alvin Toffler in Learning for 
Tomorrow, the Center for Cur- 
riculum Design in Somewhere 
Else, and even in the New Yorker 
magaz i ne. 

Fall courses are already 
underway but new listings come 
out five times a year. 

Educational Supportive Services (ESS) is a 
retention and academic support program. 
The program has a history of over ten years 
of successful academic counseling, 
tutoring, and teaching study skills to KSU 
students from all disciplines. Last spring 
four ESS staff members received training in 
an exciting new approach to cognitive skill 
building called Learning to Learn. 

Learning to Lsarn is a curriculum for 
teaching higher-order thinking skills. This 
approach was developed through years of 
study and testing at the University of 
Michigan and at Boston College. 

Leadership Training provides students with 
basic leadership theory and practical 
experience. The focus is on communication 
and motivation, time management and 
group wcrk. 

For more information, please call the Office 
of Admissions at 1-800-432-8270 (toll-free 
in Kansas) or 913/532-6250. 




A number of Kansas State 
University ethnic minority stu- 
dents received Academic Achieve- 
ment and Leadership Award schol- 
arships through the auspices of 
the Office of Minority Affairs 
and Special Programs this fall. 
Awards ranged from $300 to $600. 
The students are: 

Josie Bernal, daughter of 
J. Bernal, freshman in fine arts 
from Shawnee, KS; Stacey 
Campbell, son of Ethel Campbell, 
junior in agriculture journalism 
from Atchison, KS; Robert 
Ketchum, son of Annie Cawley, 
junior in music education from 
Junction City, KS; Allison Key, 
daughter of John and Barbara 
Key, senior in accounting from 
0 lathe, KS; W i I I i am Martin , 
senior in sociology from Manhat- 
tan; Daniel Otero, son of 
Cristobal Otero, sophomore in 
microbiology from Rio Piedra 
Hts., Puerto Rico; Lawrence 

Escalada, senior 


education from Garden City, KS; 
Daniel Howard, junior in busi- 
ness administration from Manhat- 
tan, KS; Francesca Royster , ju- 
nior in english from Chicago, 
IL; Sharri Taliaferro, daughter 
of Adoria Taliaferro, senior in 
elementary education from Kansas 
City, KS; Ron Hopkins, son of 
Violo Hopkins, freshman in music 
from Kansas City, KS; Diedre 
Al len, daughter of Cleophus and 
Eula Allen, freshman in psychol- 
ogy from Salina, KS; Mar i a 

Brown, junior in business ad- 
ministration from Manhattan; 
Lisa Castillo, daughter of S. L. 
Castillo, freshman in architec- 
tural engineering from Overland 

Park, KS; 
daughter of 

Brenda Gardner, 

The Black Student Union, Puerto Rican Student Organization and Mexican American Council 
of Students combined efforts to sponsor the popular Midwest Reggae band, "Blue Riddim" 
during Hispanic Awareness Week this fall. The group, which regularly plays in the 
Kansas City area, has been nominated for a Grammy Award. 

Willie Gardner, 
freshman in business administa- 
tion from Junction City, KS; 
Daniel Granon, son of A. N. 
Granon, freshman in pre-vet med- 
icine from Wichita, KS; Edgar 
Key i n James , son of Del ores 
James, freshman in psychology 
from Lincoln, NE; Aribel Lynn, 
freshman in secondary education 
from Junction City, KS; John 
Shunatona, freshman in business 
administration from Wichita, KS; 
Randa I I Hudlin, son of Calvin M. 
Hudlin, freshman in business 
administration from Kansas City, 
KS; Curtis Bazemore, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Curtis Bazemore, senior 
in pre-med from Topeka, KS; 
Maria Berdasco, daughter of 
Joaquin Berdasco, senior in bi- 
ology from Rio Peidras, PR; 
Dolores Berna I , daughter of J. 
Bernal, senior in management 
from Shawnee, KS; Uzziel Pecina, 
son of Antonia C. Pecina, 
freshman in electrical engine- 
ering from Kansas City, M0; and 
Jonathan Walls, son of Rose E. 
Hammond, freshman in music from 
Junction City, KS. 



Black Student Union 


Andrea She I ton 
1226 Thurston 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Reggie McGowan 
202 Ho I ton Hal I 

Ebony Theatre 
Advisor: Anne Butter 

Office of Minority Affairs 

201 Ho I ton Hal I 



Mexican American Council of Students 

President: Dolores Bernal 
1834 Laramie 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Advisor: Anton I a PIgno 

Minority Resource Center 
Farre I I L ibrary 

Un I ted B I ack Voices 

Pres i dent : 

Adv I sors : 

Anthony Pauldin 
922 N. Manhattan 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Anne Butler 
Minority Affairs 
201 Ho I ton Ha I I 

Dr. James Boyer 

Curriculum and Instruction 

College of Education 

Bluemont Hal I 



Native American Indian Student Body 

Advisor: Office of Minority Affairs 
201 Ho I ton Hal I 

Puerto Rlcan Student Organization 
President: Pedro Clntron 
1131 Thurston 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Advisor: Very I A. Switzer 

Office of Minority-Affairs 

201 Ho I ton Hal I 



Student Director of Minority Affairs (office In SGS/K-State Union) 
Gary Sepulveda 
426 N. 17th 
Manhattan, KS 66502 


Col I eg I an 

Student Reporter Covering Minority Affairs 

Student Publications 

Kedzle Hal I 



Educational Supportive Services (tutorial J other student services) 

Kathy Greene, Assistant Director/Academic Asslstancce Coordinator 

206C Ho I ton Hal I 



Career Education and Scholarship Opportunities 
Counselor: Lor i J. Switzer 
2060 Ho I ton Hal I 
CAMPUS 532-6436 

Office of Minority Affairs and Special Programs 

Director: Very I A. Switzer, Assistant 
201 Holton Ha I I 

Alliance: An Ethnic Newspaper at KSU 
Editor: Susan A II en, Ph.D. 

206E Holton Hal I 



Academic Counseling 
Laurie McCauley 
205B Holton Hal I 

Minorities Resource/Research Center 

Director: Antonla PIgno 

Parrel I Library, 4th Floor 



v ice Pres i dent 


National Society of Black Engineers 
President: Erika Foley 

921 N. llth 

Manhattan, KS 66502 


Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 

President: Eric Schott 

2168 Patricia Place 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

American Indian Science & Engineering Society 
President: Jeff Hudl In 

331 N. 17th 

Manhattan, KS 66502 


Soc lety of Women Engineers 

President: Audra Janda 

McCol I urn, Apt. B4 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Advisor: Karen Hummel 

Minority Engineering Center 

241 Durland Hal I 



Karen Hummel 

Engineering Study Center 

Director of Minority Programs: 

241 Durland Hal I 



Minority Assembly of Students In Health 
President: Curtis Bazemore 

Edwards Hal I 



Advisor: Dr. Shahla Nlkravan 
Special Services 
205 Holton Hal I 

Alpha Kappa Alpha 

President: Sheri Taliaferro 
1119 Kearney, #10 
Manhattan, kS 66502 

Advisor: Dr. Phyliss Hammond 

Lafene Student Health Center 



Delta Sigma Theta 

President: Donna Duckett 
1 204 Pomeroy 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Advisor: Stacy Smith 

1010 N. Manhattan, t\ 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Zeta Phi Beta 
Advisor: Kathy Greene 

206C Ho I ton Ha I I 



Omega Psl Phi 

President: Melran Leach 

1200 Fremont, »9 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Alpha Ph i Alpha 

President: Milton Thomas 

922 N. Manhattan, #1 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Advisor: Reggie McGowan 
202 Holton Hal I 

Kappa Alpha Psl 

Pres 1 dent: 

Lee Scott 
315 N. 14th 
Manhattan, KS 

Veryl A. Switzer 
201 Holton Hal I 

Phi Beta Sigma 

President: Daryl Shepard 

1860 Anderson, #3 
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Advisor: Nancy Abney 

Division of Biology 
Ackert Hal I 

Every gun that is made, 
every warship launched, 

every rocket fired, 
signifies, in the final sense, 
a theft from those 
who hunger 
and are not fed, 
those who are cold 
and are not 


Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Tne Eisenhower quote continues: 
"Tnij world in arrj is not 
spending mcnoy elcre; it Is 
spend nc: the sweat of its 
I aDorers, the gc-nius of its 
scientists, the hopes of Its 
chi I cr en." 

I I lustration by Sue Long^eth on 
a care by The Notables, 7629 
^ac i son, KS, MC 641 1 4. 




Office of Minority Affairs 

Holton Hall 

Manhattan, Kansas 66506 

Washburn Law School Reps. 
To Visit KSU Pre-Law Club 

At their meeting on Novem- 
ber 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 207 
the Union, the KSU Prelaw Club 
will feature Professor Ronald 
Griffin of the Washburn Univer- 
sity School of Law. Professor 
Griffin holds an LL.M. degree 
from the University of Virginia, 
a J.D. from Howard University 
and a bachelor's degree from 
Hampton Institute. He has pre- 
viously taught at the University 
of Oregon Law School and taught 
during the 1981-82 academic year 
as a Visiting Professor at Notre 
Dame University. He has taught 
at Washburn since 1978. He 
directed the Council on Legal 

Nonprofit Organization 


Permit No. 525 
Manhattan, Kan. 66502 

Education Opportunity summer 
institutes at Washburn in 1982 
and 1983. Professor Griffin is 
teaching Contracts and Consumer 

Protection this semester. He 
has been honored as an outstand- 
ing black educator and has been 
active in minority recruitment 
into the legal profession. 

Brad Bromich, Craig West , 
and Steven Angermayer, KSU 
graduates, currently enrolled in 
the Law School at Washburn and 
Director of Admissions, Dottie 
Harder, will accompany Professor 
Griffin and will answer student 
questions. (Washburn Univer- 

Alliance — An Ethnic Newspa- 
per at KSU is published by the 
Office of Minority Affairs and 
Special Programs at Kansas State 
University, Holton Hall, Manhat- 
tan, Kansas 66506. It is cii — 
culated free of charge to all 
KSU minority students and intei — 
ested others. For information, 
contact the editor at (913) 532-